#AMuseumADay | @vangoghmuseum | Vincent van Gogh Foundation | Vincent van Gogh, "In the Café: Agostina Segatori in Le Tambourin", 1887, oil on canvas, 55.5 x 47 cm.
Yesterday I went to the VGM to see the 'Van Gogh & Japan' exhibition. I hadn't been to the museum in roughly 2 years, so I figured it was about time to drop by again. One of the first paintings I saw was this one, and although I had seen it before, I only then realized that the character features prominently in the "Suske en Wiske" (Spike and Suzy/Willy and Wanda in English) comic book 'De kleurenkladder'. These comics were an essential part of my childhood!
Lambik (Orville/Ambrose) falls hopelessly in love with Agostina and travels back in time to win her heart. She rejects him and says she is only interested in artists, "real men". Lambik openly states he can be one too and meets with Van Gogh, who agrees to teach him. Lambik, however, goes on an abstract rampage, causing a falling-out between him and everyone else, including Van Gogh. The story doesn't end there, but that's something you'll have to discover for yourself.
Van Gogh had a brief relationship with Segatori. She is depicted sitting in her café, smoking and drinking, a way of life associated with artistic types and prostitutes. Vincent collected Japanese prints, some of which are visible in the background. He intended to sell them and may have painted Segatori during the accompanying exhibition.
Exh. cat. "Van Gogh & Japan", Amsterdam (Van Gogh Museum) 2018, p. 24
Exh. cat. "Munch : Van Gogh", Amsterdam (Van Gogh Museum) 2015, p. 108
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